Finger Poppin’ (Blue Note BST-84008) is hailed as one of the true classics from Horace Silver’s discography. It was the first album Silver recorded with the most celebrated version of his quintet. Featuring Junior Cook on tenor sax, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Gene Taylor on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums, it perfectly blends the pianist’s advanced, groundbreaking hard bop style with the winning, gregarious personality conveyed in his eight original tunes. Six tunes recorded a few months later that complete the studio recordings by the exact same quintet have been added as a bonus.
BLUE MITCHELL, trumpet JUNIOR COOK, tenor sax HORACE SILVER, piano & leader GENE TAYLOR, bass LOUIS HAYES, drums
Hackensack, New Jersey, January 31, 1959.
*Bonus tracks: Same personnel. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, August 29-30, 1959.
01 FINGER POPPIN’ 02 JUICY LUCY 03 SWINGIN’ THE SAMBA 04 SWEET STUFF 05 COOKIN’ AT THE CONTINENTAL 06 COME ON HOME 07 YOU HAPPENED MY WAY 08 MELLOW D 09 BLOWIN’ THE BLUES AWAY * 10 BREAK CITY * 11 PEACE * 12 SISTER SADIE * 13 BAGHDAD BLUES * 14 HOW DID IT HAPPEN? *